India provides planning permission for giant 5GW solar farm

The government of India has given the green light to a major new solar project which is set to become one of the largest in the world.

Located near the town of Dholera in the state of Gujarat, the project will spread over 11,000 hectares with a total capacity of 5GW, eclipsing the 2.3GW Bhadla solar park currently under development in Rajasthan.

Gujarat has been identified as having good potential for renewable energy projects, with 300 days of sunshine and strong winds across its 1,000 mile coastline.

Chief Minister of Gujarat, Vijay Rupani, said on Twitter that the Dholera project is estimated to attract around US$3.7 billion and will employ 20,000 people.

“The tender for the first phase of the solar park is set to be out in June itself. The next phase will be undertaken in the subsequent months,” said Jai Prakash Shivhare, managing director of Dholera Industrial City Development Corporation Ltd (DICC).

The new solar farm is expected to play a major part in the task of meeting the Indian government’s grand renewable energy aim of generating 175GW of clean energy capacity by 2022.